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Actors Whose Main Thing Is Screaming, Ranked By The Primal Force Of Their Screams  

Megan Summers
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List Rules Vote up the actors whose screaming skills are strongest.

Some actors are known for their understated performances marked by delicate body language, longing gazes, and quiet dialogue. The actors on this list, however, are not so subtle. 

Whether for tragic, horrific, or comedic purposes, these actors have followed in the screaming footsteps of Marlon "STELLLLAAAAAA!" Brando and Jack "Here's Johnny!" Nicholson to create their most memorable roles. Audiences flock to movie theaters for their next freakout, breakdown, or crack-up. Whose vocal cords reverberate the loudest? Whose cries are the shrillest? Which screaming actors resonate the most? 

Grab some earplugs and decide for yourself among this list of actors who scream the best.

Bobcat Goldthwait is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Actors Whose Main Thing Is Screaming, Ranked By The Primal Force Of Their Screams
Photo: Police Academy 3: Back in Training/Warner Bros. Pictures

Before becoming a film and TV director, Bobcat Goldthwait established himself as a comedic film star, voice actor, and writer. His ragged, high-pitched voice and high-wire energy landed him roles in Police Academy and numerous animated series.

Notable Screaming Roles: Zed in Police Academy 2 (1985); Egg Stork in One Crazy Summer (1986); Carl Hefler in Burglar (1987).

Age: 56

Birthplace: Syracuse, New York, United States of America

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Nicolas Cage is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Actors Whose Main Thing Is Screaming, Ranked By The Primal Force Of Their Screams
Photo: Mandy/RLJE Films

The internet is overrun with montages of Nicolas Cage howling and screeching his way through cinematic history. With his crazed stare and prolific career, Cage is a hard one to top on this list.

Notable Screaming Roles: Peter Loew in Vampire's Kiss (1989); Lt. Terence McDonagh in Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009); Red Miller in Mandy (2018).

Age: 55

Birthplace: Long Beach, California, United States of America

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Will Ferrell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Actors Whose Main Thing Is Screaming, Ranked By The Primal Force Of Their Screams
Photo: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy/DreamWorks Pictures

Like many of the comedians on this list, Will Ferrell got his start on Saturday Night Live, where he parodied the likes of President George W. Bush and Jeopardy host Alex Trebek. Ferrell is famous for his exaggerated acting style, and several of his most pompous characters have attained cult status.

Notable Screaming Roles: Frank Ricard in Old School (2003); Ron Burgundy in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004); Ricky Bobby in Talladega Nights (2006).

Age: 51

Birthplace: Irvine, California, United States of America

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Adam Sandler is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Actors Whose Main Thing Is Screaming, Ranked By The Primal Force Of Their Screams
Photo: Happy Gilmore/Universal Pictures

For decades, Saturday Night Live alum Adam Sandler starred in hit comedy after hit comedy. His screams and temper tantrums persist in the memories of those who grew up in the 1990s and early aughts.

Notable Screaming Roles: Happy Gilmore in Happy Gilmore (1996); Dave Buznik in Anger Management (2003); Lenny Feder in Grown Ups 2 (2013).

Age: 52

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

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